I grew up in a little town called Somis in Southern California. This is a little agricultural community north of Los Angeles and South of Santa Barbara in Ventura County. The perfect location. It was filled with lemon, lime, grapefruit, avocado, and orange trees. There were also many strawberry fields and other produce surrounding this little place. I haven't lived here in years or even visited, but everyone says it has changed so much and what used to be acres of citrus trees is now developed.
We lived way out far from any neighbors on 42 acres of the above mentioned trees. In the mornings my mother would sometimes send one of us kids outside to pick a few grapefruits and avocados. We would often have grapefruit and avocado on toast for breakfast. Some days we picked oranges and made orange juice. This was just everyday normal to me. Now that I don't have that, I realize how much I took that for granted. These are the very items I purchase at the grocery stores and farmer markets.
This is just a food memory post I guess. I miss Somis. I miss California. I miss fresh produce picked directly off the tree.
I don't have the energy to research this, but grapefruit supposedly:
- boosts your metabolism and aids in weight loss
- cures migraines ( i tried it once and it worked, but it could be the "placebo effect")
- lowers cholesterol
- prevents kidney stones
- protects against certain types of cancers
What's your typical daily breakfast?